| A £400 million investment in Kingston will bring a new boutique cinema, new homes, new shops and restaurants. |
Joint developers British Land and Universities Superannuation Scheme have obtained planning permission for the regeneration of the town Eden Walk shopping centre.
Designed by BDP Architects, highlights of the scheme are three large public spaces with space for events and a sky restaurant with panoramic views across Kingston’s historic centre. The boutique cinema will have an excellent location next to the sky restaurant. The planned buildings will vary in height from five-storeys to ten and one taller building of 16 storeys.
Richard Wise, head of retail development for British Land, said: “Kingston is a special place which enjoys a unique blend of heritage, retail and leisure from its great riverside location.
Eden Walk has faced stiff competition in recent years from neighbouring town centres and the huge Westfield Shopping Centre.
The developers are working through vacant possession arrangements and expect to break-ground in late 2019. Nearly 700 construction jobs will be sustained during construction, supported by a training, skills and apprenticeship programme.
The formal planning approval follows an extensive programme of community engagement over two years.